Fine Art & Artisan Works at the Slopes!

Once again the Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) will assemble many of the region’s talented fine artists and artisans for the Winter Arts Festival at the Holiday Valley Lodge in Ellicottville on November 19 and 20. Holiday shoppers will find unique handmade gifts, perfect for all of those names on their holiday shopping list, from among the many booths displaying original paintings, prints, photographs, pottery, jewelry, baskets, wood carving and fiber arts. What could be better than giving your family and friends one-of-a-kind gifts that you can’t find online? You’ll be shopping local and supporting local artists and artisans!

Many artists return this year to reconnect with artist friends and loyal customers. CCAC Artist Member Elliott Hutten of Hog Shed Studio Pottery explains, “As a functional potter, I appreciate this opportunity to put my work on display along with so many other excellent artists and craftspeople. Conveniently located at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, the Winter Arts Festival is a great venue for holiday shopping all under one roof!”

Executive Director Tina Hastings says, “The Winter Arts Festival gives artists another opportunity in the region to display and sell wonderful handmade works of art. Many of our artists enjoy quite a following of shoppers and this is a chance for you to see what delights you might scoop up from your favorite artist for someone special on your gift list.  Plus, the relaxed atmosphere of the event allows shoppers to talk with artists about their work and to learn more about the creative process. Bring your children along too! It’s never too late to help nurture the next generation of artists and art enthusiasts.”

CCAC is pleased to welcome several new artists to this year’s event including Laura McCormick who creates steampunk jewelry. Laura says “It’s exciting to be involved with a group of people who genuinely appreciate and celebrate art. The Cattaraugus County Arts Council has opened doors for me to friendships and networking opportunities with other talented artists and art enthusiasts who share ideas and delight in artistic expression. I greatly look forward to participating in the Winter Arts Festival.”

If you want to stay for the weekend, the Inn at Holiday Valley is the perfect place for shoppers to stay! The Inn at Holiday Valley is offering a special rate just for Winter Arts Festival visitors of $119 per night. So before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season gets into full swing, relax and enjoy the beauty of this scenic town. As nature photographer, and exhibitor Tom Martin says, “the Festival takes place at Holiday Valley, one of western New York’s most beautiful venues.” The Cattaraugus County Arts Council is in total agreement with Tom. Come out and join us for some amazing art, culture and nature at the slopes of Holiday Valley Resort! Contact Holiday Valley to book your getaway at (716) 699-2345.

Many area businesses support arts and culture in the region and have graciously donated raffle baskets to attract more shoppers to the event. Purchase tickets and take your chance to win items from Studio 4 East, Four Mile Brewing, Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, a knife set courtesy of Cutco, two season tickets to Olean Community Theater, the Winery of Ellicottville, Mager Mountain Alpacas, four tickets to a University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Bromeley Family Theater event, Ravyn & Robyn, KABOBS in Bradford, Wingate by Wyndham hotel, Gallery 14731, and a special basket from the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.

The event is free and the hours of the sale are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20.

The Winter Arts Festival is produced by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council with special support from Holiday Valley Lodge, the Ellicottville Times and the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development and Tourism.